Between a rock and a farm raise

Robotics roundup: Indoor and outdoor farms, underground fingers and the value of touch Brian Heater @bheater / 8 hours Something I think that gets lost in the conversation around robotics is just how many different tasks can — and at some point will — be automated. Here I’m talking specifically about agtech. We’ve seen a […]

Instacart speeds up grocery orders with ‘Priority Delivery’ option

Instacart is speeding up grocery delivery. The company announced today it’s debuting a faster delivery service, “Priority Delivery,” in select markets across the U.S. and Canada, with the aim of attracting customers who would have otherwise quickly run to the store for their smaller orders or more urgent demands. At launch, the service will operate […]

Poor onboarding is the enemy of good hiring

Daniel Chait Contributor Daniel Chait is co-founder and CEO of Greenhouse Software, a recruiting software company that automates and simplifies best practices for hiring talent, and co-author of “Talent Makers: How the Best Organizations Win Through Structured and Inclusive Hiring.” The world of hybrid work is here, and the usual 10-minute intro call, swag bag […]

RevenueCat raises $40M Series B for its in-app subscription platform

RevenueCat, a startup offering a series of tools for developers of subscription-based apps, has raised $40 million in Series B funding, valuing its business at $300 million, post-money. Founded by developers who understood the difficulties in scaling a subscription app first-hand, RevenueCat’s software development kit (SDK) solution gives companies the tools they need to build […]

Calling all Yinzers, TechCrunch is (virtually) headed to Pittsburgh!

We’ve had a blast meeting new folks in different cities this year and we’re keeping the train rolling. We learned quite a bit about what’s happening now in Miami and got up to speed on what’s been happening in the great city of Detroit.  Up next? Pittsburgh. Register for free the event here. That’s right, […] closes $7M in funding to accelerate its technical hiring service

Boston-based has raised a $7 million round to accelerate its hiring cadence, and built out the go-to-market model for its its engineering and developer-focused hiring service, it recently announced. TechCrunch caught up with the company to discuss not only why it decided to leave bootstrapping behind, but also to dig into how its service […]

Rivian delays deliveries of the R1T Launch Edition by one month

Rivian said that deliveries of the R1T Launch Edition, the limited edition release of its first series of “electric adventure vehicles,” will be delayed by a month, according to an update on its website. Customers who preordered can now expect to start receiving their pickup trucks in July instead of June, with Launch Edition deliveries […]

Australian startup Pyn raises $8M seed to bring targeted communication in-house

Most marketers today know how to send targeted communications to customers, and there are many tools to help, but when it comes to sending personalized in-house messages, there aren’t nearly as many options. Pyn, an early-stage startup based in Australia, wants to change that, and today it announced an $8 million seed round. Andreessen Horowitz […]

Acorns’ SPAC listing depicts a consumer fintech business with a SaaSy revenue mix

Another day, another unicorn public offering. Today it’s Acorns, a consumer fintech service that blends saving and investing into a freemium product. It’s a company that TechCrunch has covered extensively since its birth, including through the pandemic’s impact on its business, both good and bad. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money.  Read it every […]